Monday, October 16, 2006

New Year's Resolutions

Okay, so I'm a little bit late for Rosh Hashanah resolutions (if such a thing even exists), and still too early for December 31 resolutions, but I'm feeling tiny bit motivated, so here goes.

1. De-lurk in any blog that I keep reading for more than a couple of weeks. My guess would be that there are at least half a dozen bloggers on my blogroll that don't even know that I read them. And if it were me, I would want to know that I was reading.

2. Comment more on the blogs that I read regularly. Comments are like compliments to a blogger - they make us feel loved and read, even when the comments are not explicitly complimentary. I appreciate having people comment on my blog, so I ought to assume that others will equally appreciate being commented upon. It makes blogging feel more like a conversation, and less like shouting into the void over the sound of the crashing waves.

3. Read my Bible more. Probably almost every resolution list I have ever written has included some variation on this theme, but there it is again. A passage read from Revelation 2 yesterday really caught my attention, basically, if I may paraphrase and personalize, saying "Yeah, yeah, you're a good person and you hate evil yadda yadda yadda. But where's the love? We used to talk, and snuggle, and you never bring me flowers anymore." So I bought a new Bible, hoping it would inspire me. But instead, I watched four episodes of Star Trek on DVD then went to sleep. So we're off to a good start.

4. Actually do those things on my "To Do" list rather than just stressing about them. They're usually not so bad once I actually get to them, and then I get the satisfaction of actually crossing them off.

There are several other things I would like to add, but I am going to stop there, before this list deteriorates into a session of useless self-deprecation. I was taught in my Starbucks leadership training that goals should be specific, measurable, something that starts with 'A', realistic, and time-something-or-other. (I'm sure I wrote it down somewhere.) So, goals like "take a shower before work tonight" are good, because you can tell when you've achieved them, but goals like "be a better person" are too vague to really be useful. And none of the resolutions I just made are "S.M.A.R.T." goals, so perhaps I should quit while I am behind.


Sarah said...

hmmm...I really like what you articulated in point 2. I get frustrated with the blog world from time to time because I too wish it felt more like a conversation instead of just a never ending barrage of conflicting opinions and noise. Nevertheless, I still blog on.

Kelsey Catherine said...

Oh yes...sometimes i feel as if I'm just boring the heck out of people, and theres no point in posting all the garbage I do...Oh well!

Melanie said...

De-lurking to say I've been reading for awhile!

(This is Melanie of Walldorf)

abigail said...

And now, you're on MY bloglines.

I'm just now reading through your posts and am enjoying your thoughts on everything from community to gmail (which rocks) to food (my favorite).